With BSc Food Technology with Bioprocessing with Industrial Training you will develop the technical skills needed for a career in food manufacturing, and enhance your CV with a training year in industry.
Food technologists are innovative, with an in-depth knowledge of food raw materials and of methods for producing safe and healthy products. You will develop your scientific knowledge and technical skills, whilst exploring the role of technology within the food sector and addressing issues such as quality assessment. Our Department has strong links with industry, and you will gain valuable professional experience through a year-long paid training placement.
The University of Reading is a world authority on human nutrition, food chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and food law. Our staff are actively engaged in world-class research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector.
You will study the fundamental science behind food and nutrition, the processes involved in production, and human physiology. You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation, laboratory-based practicals and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant.
The final year will give you the chance to pursue your own interests by undertaking an original research project. You can also develop your teamwork skills through our Product Development module. You will be given a brief by industry and work as a team to produce an original product, which you will showcase at an end-of-term trade show. You will also study advanced modules in integrated food processing, economic manufacturing and the sensory evaluation of food.
Graduates of this course are recognised as professional food technologists by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Between your second and final year you will carry out a paid industrial training placement, lasting a year. Placements can be located anywhere in the UK, and occasionally take place abroad. You can expect to earn between £15,000 and £20,000.
In recent years, students have taken on a variety of roles, including quality assurance, consumer work, food technologists and product development scientists. You can choose to carry out your placement at a large multinational organisation or a small independent manufacturing or research company.
You will be given advice and guidance on finding the ideal placement, writing a CV and interview skills by our dedicated placement coordinator.
For more information about securing and completing a placement for your placement year, please visit our Important Information page.
For more information, please visit the Food and Nutritional Sciences website.